Sunday, April 10, 2016
Bad Old Days Return to Bulgaria?
Bulgarian police have arrested a senior civil servant and his friend for possessing unregistered metal detectors and an unregistered collection of antiquities and coins. While some archaeologists will no doubt applaud, collectors may question whether the real problem is the draconian laws put into place when Bulgaria's ex-Communists (now called Socialists) briefly took back power. In contrast, fair laws like those in the UK encourage responsible metal detecting and recognize the value of collectors in preserving common artifacts of the sort that state museums already hold in abundance. That is a much superior approach to one more reminiscent of the bad old days under Bulgarian Communism that treated collectors as criminals.